I’m so excited to be releasing my new pattern today! This one is a bit more special to me because it’s my first time grading a pattern. I decided to use a simple yet versatile tank top pattern that I had made earlier this summer and I graded it in 4 toddler sizes ranging from 2T to 5T. It’s a simple little pattern so it’s great for a quick nap time project or if you’re a beginner in sewing with knit fabrics then this will be a fantastic practice. I’ve always believed that sometimes you just need one good basic pattern and from that you can explore many different creations. A few designs that I’ve made based from this tank top are a flared top, flared dress, shift dress, dress with a gathered skirt and also a circle skirt, and a drop waist skirt. Really, the design possibilities are endless!
I will show you later how to manipulate the pattern to create different designs but for now let’s start making the basic tank top…
This is what I’ve been working on lately and I’m so excited to give you a preview! Normally I would just make a pattern in the size that I need but after getting asked if there were other sizes available I decided to have a go at pattern grading and to my surprise I had so much fun doing it. It was my first time grading so I started off slowly with a simple yet versatile pattern in 4 toddler sizes.
I added the finished garment sizes so that you can go up or down a size depending on how loose or snug you would want it. Madeline is 2 but I ended up using the size 4T because she doesn’t like clothes that are snug.
You can also base this tank top pattern to make a flared top like I did here.
Or a gathered dress like this one.
I will show you later how make a shift dress and a flared dress from this tank top pattern. I always believe that you just need one good basic pattern and from that you can create so many designs. I love that the options for this simple and basic tank top are endless…just add some imagination!
Adding a cute little hair accessory can really complete an outfit and the bow barrette is one of my favorites! You can make them in any size using whatever scraps of fabric you have. I recently made a matching dress and top for Grandma and Madeline from this beautiful printed knit fabric from Joann and was left with odd little pieces of scraps. I can cut out the bow pieces in any direction of the grain of the fabric and it doesn’t effect the shape of the bow at all so I was glad to be able to use up whatever little bit of fabric scraps left from cutting out the garments.
Originally, I had planned on using the big bow as an embellishment on Madeline’s dress but I love big, statement making accessories so on the head it goes! I use alligator barrettes for Madeline since they’re the only hair accessory that she will tolerate in her hair so I always get the 10 piece packs from Walmart for about $2. I also use a little bit of felt to attach the barrette and whatever design I am using on top. The shape of the felt really depends on the design – for flowers, I’ll cut out a round shaped felt and for something like a bow, it’ll be a rectangle. I will add a tutorial on how to make a barrette using artificial plastic flowers but for now let’s make this pretty little bow for her hair!
Nothing says sunshine, flowers and all things summer like a cute little peasant top! I love that it’s so cute and girly yet comfy enough to hop, skip, run and climb in. I drafted this pattern thinking of summer play clothes for Madeline that is also easy on my fingers to change her as I’ve been taking a break from Humira for several weeks now because Valtrex wasn’t working well while I was on it. Ugh. Don’t get me started on that *in my Jeannie Darcy voice*
Popsicles, milkshakes, watermelons – drips and stains – yes, plenty of affordable play clothes needed Miss Madeline. I always go through the fabric section at Walmart and that was when I chanced upon this solid knit fabric which was shockingly $1 a yard. It’s quite thin as in able to see the characters on the diaper thin but I think as something to wear around the house or out in the yard it would be okay. As you can see in the pictures in this tutorial, I didn’t serge or zig zag any of the edges and I just threw it in the washer without a laundry bag. Pretty impressive for $1 fabric! It sews pretty well and held nicely in the wash. I think it would also be great for layering under laces. I was able to cut out two sets (2 peasant tops and 2 shorts) so that made it 50 cents a set. Love!
I made the shorts using my toddler bloomers pattern with a slight adjustment on the waist to create a casing for the elastic. But for now, let’s get to the peasant top!
A few months ago, Logan competed in his first ever Jiu Jitsu competition in Oklahoma City. He had been practicing really hard for it so I wanted to show our support for him. Immediately, I thought of team t-shirts.
A few months ago, Logan’s school was holding a Valentine’s Day concert for the 2nd graders. The theme was Love and each student was asked to wear red. Dressing up little boys is pretty easy – throw on a button up shirt, pull on some slacks, slick back hair with gel and you’re done! I thought to myself -how can I make his outfit a bit dressier? Then I remembered a neck tie I made him a few years back with an elastic neck. The elastic was a big mistake because it had to go over his head thus ruining his hair. I am going to make him another tie but this time with Velcro to the neck straps – that way it won’t mess up his hair. I will be posting the printable template for the Adjustable Neck Tie with Velcro soon so be on the lookout for that.
For his Valentine concert, I decided to make him an adjustable bow tie. The bow required very little fabric to make so you can use whatever fabric scraps you have lying around. I also inserted a piece of fleece to make the bow kind of puffy since I was using broadcloth. If you don’t have any fleece scraps, you can use felt instead or a stiffer fabric altogether.
Fleece hats with ear flaps are a perfect winter wardrobe staple. They’re so quick and easy to make for your little one and they also make great gifts. I love fleece not just because they’re so soft and warm but also because they’re easy to maintain. I turn the fleece garment inside out to reduce pilling, wash in cold water and tumble dry low.
This hat is a toddler size and because the pattern pieces are small you can use up the scraps you have. I used Blizzard fleece and sweater fleece – the ivory Blizzard fleece was leftover fabric pieces from sleepsacks I made for baby Madeline a few years ago. There is also a video tutorial available for this fleece hat.
These bloomers are super easy to make and the best part is they can be made into regular shorts for both girls and boys by skipping the elastic-cinched hems. You can add pockets, cute little bows or even lace edgings. The fun is endless! 🙂
I made this pattern based on my little girl who just turned 2 on September 30! The finished garment measures 24.5″ in the waist – Madeline’s waist is 19″ and she was able to wear them all summer and they still fit her quite well. I sized these roughly 18m-24m but each child is different so take the finished garment’s measurements into consideration so that they’ll fit your little one comfortably. Are you ready to make these? By the way, I’ve included a video tutorial as well. 🙂
The Christmas tree skirt is simple to make with minimal sewing or no sewing at all depending on what fabric you use. It’s a quick and easy 30 minute project. I had to switch from fabric glue to hot glue for attaching the gold ribbon to the felt because it just got too painful for my fingers to squeeze what was left in the bottle. One thing to keep in mind is if you’re using a thin gold metallic ribbon like I did, let the hot glue cool down to warm before placing the ribbon so that the heat doesn’t make it all wrinkly. There’s also a video tutorial available to watch. Alright, are you ready to make this? Let’s get started!
For this stocking, I used the same industrial sewing technique that are used on stockings with foldover cuffs sold in stores. It is surprisingly fast and easy to make – I was able to make it with 2 swollen index fingers and a crooked pinkie! I think 10 minutes of prep time and perhaps 30 minutes tops to sew. There is a printable template available for this project as well as a video tutorial. Are you ready to make it? Let’s get started!